Motorcycle Chain Maintenance Guide for Peak Performance!


Today, we’re diving into the essential steps of chain maintenance for your motorcycle. We’ll cover cleaning, adjusting, and lubricating the chain to ensure optimal performance. So, let’s get started!

Cleaning the Chain

Cleaning the Chain

Now that we’ve got our bike on the lift, we can easily access the rear wheel for cleaning. Using a specialized brush like the Grunge Brush, designed for chains, allows for efficient cleaning. A light spray of carb cleaner helps remove dirt and grime. You can rotate the wheel while brushing, ensuring a thorough clean. This step is crucial to prevent sealing in debris when applying lubricant later.

Choosing the Right Chain Lube

Choosing the Right Chain Lube

There are various chain lubes available, but my go-to is the Honda Chain Lube with molly. It offers excellent longevity without flinging. Flinging occurs when the lube splatters, potentially making a mess on your bike. Honda’s formula is known for staying put, especially on high-speed rides.

Applying Chain Lube

Before applying the lube, place a rag over the fairing to protect it. Shake the lube can and start spraying from the top, aiming towards the chain’s inner part. The goal is to reach the wheel’s middle section, where it contacts the sprocket. This prevents excess lube from reaching the outer parts. After application, wipe off any excess on the rag to avoid drips.

Chain Slack Adjustment

Now, let’s address chain slack, a critical factor in bike performance. Measure the slack by pulling the chain down and marking its position. Ideal slack for most bikes is between 25 to 35 millimeters. Use a micrometer to ensure accuracy. Excessive slack can lead to faster sprocket wear and potential chain dislodgement.

Adjusting the chain involves locating the adjuster block and loosening the lock nut. Ensure even adjustment on both sides using marks or dots provided. Tighten the chain gradually until reaching the desired slack. Recheck for uniformity and secure the adjuster with the lock nut.

Final Check and Axle Nut Tightening

To complete the process, double-check the evenness of the adjustment. Tighten the lock nuts on both sides, ensuring a snug fit. The final step is tightening the rear axle nut. On an R6, this typically requires 80 foot-pounds of torque. Use a torque wrench for precision, listening for the click at the set torque level.


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